May 20, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Kinesiology, M.S., Early Entry

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply to this Early Entry Program to begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  The Early Entry Program leads to completion of all requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees in only five academic years and one or two summers. Students should consult with the Kinesiology M.S. Graduate Program Director about their eligibility for this program and to discuss requirements for selection of a research advisor during their Junior year.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Current UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Students

  • See University Admission Requirements  
  • Completion of at least 75 undergraduate credit hours (although it is expected that close to 90 credit hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken)
  • Minimum 3.25 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA in the major
  • Submit application online at and provide supporting documents
  • Recommendation by the Graduate Program Director and approved by the Graduate School

Note:  GRE scores are not required.

Progression Requirements

  • Completion of Early Entry Program Form, and approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Graduate Program Director, and Graduate School, prior to registering for graduate coursework each semester
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate students are allowed to take only 15 hours of graduate credit before they have completed their baccalaureate degree.

Special Policies or Requirements

Up to 12 credit hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours (i.e., up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework may be double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees).  Students may leave the program after four years with the B.S. degree, or they may complete an additional academic year and summer of full-time study and research to earn both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Kinesiology.

For additional details on Early Entry to Graduate Programs, see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog and the Graduate Admissions website at

For details about the full requirements for this degree program, see the program listing in the Graduate Catalog.